HeadSpace wrote:No need to go whole hog off the bat. There are cheaper alternatives to the vintage mu-tron stuff that are perfectly viable, at least for starters. I'd get some kind of envelope filter (search here for opinions and reviews concerning literally a dozen or more options), an octave pedal (Boss OC-2 is just dandy and not too costly) and some dirt: Either a vintage MXR distortion + (the new ones blow, skip them), or a Whirlwind Gold Box, or maybe a Boss OD-2. You ought to be able to put those three effects together for a couple hundred bucks. Next I'd probably get an analog delay (I like the MXR Carbon Copy as a decent modern and not-too-expensive option) and finally a phaser, MXR phase 100 or similar. But the envelope, octave and dirt are where I'd go first.
I'd agree with these recommendations. If you're handy with a soldering iron you can build a divided octave kit from BYOC that is a dead ringer for the mutron octave pedal, but has better options for its power supply and is smaller. The kit is kinda pricey at $111 bare bones, but it will very likely sound better than the OC-2, though the boss is still an okay pedal.